Severity of Schizophrenia

Remember the film “A Beautiful Mind”? A brilliant mathematician and subsequent Noble laureate Dr. John Nash could only understand the effects of hallucination when he realized that Marcee didn’t age although he had known her for almost three years. Such is the severity of schizophrenia.

It has been observed that schizophrenia is most prevalent among children or youths in their early twenties. Generally people inclined towards remaining excessively tensed, or people with genetic inheritance of the disease having multiple family-members suffering from the disease are found to suffer from schizophrenia.

Severe Schizophrenia

Severe Schizophrenia
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10 Illustrations for Initiation of Schizophrenia

For a sufferer in the early realms of his professional life, schizophrenia initiates with auditory hallucinations wherein he may hear his colleagues in his office discussing about him looking at whom he finds all of them seated at their own respective places and focused deeply in their works. He is astonished to think how such a gathering could disburse so promptly and every individual could get back to their seats so briskly. Slowly but steadily these gossips turn out into embarrassing criticisms and he can hear them murmuring all around in contrast to his normal vision which suggests that nobody is engaged in such discussions. But his psychiatric conditions compel him to believe that people are conspiring against him in his absence and he starts co-relating such criticisms and conspiracies with real incidents of his life which is supposed to be known only to him or to his very close associates. The criticisms and conspiracies soon turn into usages of obscene and slang languages against him. Any sound he hears can be associated with murmurs virtually cursing him. Thereafter an unnecessary sense of guilt engulfs him. He starts feeling guilty for trivial things. A mood of desolation overwhelms him. In certain instances he can also relate and identify mechanical sounds like that of a ceiling fan or a moving vehicle with voices abusing him.

Auditory Hallucinations

Auditory Hallucinations
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Initiation of Schizophrenia

Initiation of Schizophrenia
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9 Visual Hallucinations

A schizophrenic patient’s auditory hallucinations urge him to fabricate situations which he visually hallucinates and his psychiatric condition deteriorates and complicates further. During visual hallucinations, the sufferer views glimpses of persons or incidents which are entirely created by the patient’s mind. Visual hallucination is climax of a schizophrenic menace and finally leads its victim to commit suicide, or basically start being non-existent in his own routine life.

Visual Hallucinations

Visual Hallucinations
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8 Role of a Schizophrenic's Family

The role of a schizophrenic’s family becomes significant during stages of visual hallucinations when symptoms of schizophrenia or unnatural psychiatric conditions become prominent in front of other family members. The schizophrenic believes all visual hallucinations as true events and it is futile to inquire him anything about his unnatural behavior. A psychiatric consultation at this juncture becomes an urgent need. The patient may resist to psychiatric medications and deny the fact that he is suffering from schizophrenia. All auditory and visual hallucinations may appear to him to be absolutely real-life supernatural incidents. Under such a condition, family members may need to administer medications through foods and drinks that the patient consumes without intimating the latter anything in context to such medications.

Role of a Schizophrenic's Family

Role of Family of a Schizophrenic
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7 Medications for Schizophrenia

The major medications that may be prescribed by a psychiatrist in case of acute schizophrenia are anti-psychotic drugs like SULPITAC or AMAZEO which mainly consists of AMISULPRIDE. However, such medications are often accompanied by side-effects like ample pain and discomfort in physical movements. Such side effects may be reversed by doses of PACITANE or PARKIN which again to some extent causes nausea or excessive saliva formation.

Doses of CEPRAM to a considerable extent may also help schizophrenic patients.

Medications for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Medications
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6 Methods for Administering Psychiatric Medications to a Schizophrenic

Consumption of psychiatric drugs may be a life-long affair like that of physical problems related to thyroid, or blood pressure, or diabetes, or at least can be a very lengthy affair lasting for years. Psychiatric drugs cannot be stopped abruptly. Quantities of drugs are generally tapered down for a recovering patient until his psychiatrist finds good reasons to completely terminate them. Abrupt termination of psychiatric drugs carries severe risks of recurrence of the disease.

5 Observable Symptoms of Schizophrenia

The most visible symptom of schizophrenia is unnatural lethargy to perform routine activities like bathing, or going to school/ office etc. A schizophrenic tries to get rid of ridicules which he hallucinates and therefore may be found to watch television with excessively high volume, or hearing to the radio again with an excessively high volume in order to distract his own-self from such ridicules. Incidents or activities which rejuvenated the patient earlier are now mundane and non-exciting to him. Such heavy loss of interest or enthusiasm may sometimes prove out to be signs of schizophrenia. Patient should be immediately taken under psychiatric care and periodic counselling.

Observable Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Visible Symptoms of Schizophrenia
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4 End Phase of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia cures completely but at the end stage the patient might suffer from acute post-schizophrenic depression when he remembers past incidents and starts to realize that they never happened in reality.

Post-Schizophrenic Depression

Post-Schizophrenic Depressions
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3 Effects of Schizophrenia

A schizophrenic patient is generally unable to concentrate in his day-to-day activities and his IQ (Intelligent Quotient) level also decreases considerably. He is depressed all day long with no intentions to concentrate in his scheduled activities. Consequently schizophrenic patients are often found to encounter serious failures in their professional lives and academic pursuits.

2 Schizophrenia is Not a Consequence of Bad Parenting

Often people in general have a misconception that schizophrenia is caused by bad parenting i.e. abusive parents, or parents rendering ill-treatments to their kids, or parents divorced at a very early age of their kids. However, schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder that in most cases may not be caused by bad parenting. The patients undergo absolutely normal childhood till the onset of the disease and may not possess any serious grievances against their parents.

1 Schizophrenia is Different from Multi-Personality Disorder

Schizophrenia may be categorized into paranoid schizophrenia, disorganized or hebephrenic schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia, childhood schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. A schizophrenic may exhibit false perceptions or an intense deficit of touch with reality. However, schizophrenia is in no way related to multi-personality disorder (an instance where the patient behaves like being two disparate individuals).

It is worthwhile to mention here that schizophrenics are generally not violent and mostly prefer to be left alone.